Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: 4 Browns Who Need to Step Up Their Game

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IAugust 15, 2011

Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: 4 Browns Who Need to Step Up Their Game

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    The Cleveland Browns beat the Green Bay Packers in their preseason opener on Saturday night, but despite the promising 27-17 score, several Browns players still have plenty of room for improvement.

    The Browns finished 5-11 last year and didn't really make any huge changes in 2011.

    Therefore, they need guys to improve and have big seasons.

    Here are four Browns who need to step it up for the rest of this preseason.

4. Phil Dawson, K

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    Phil Dawson has been the Browns' kicker for a long, long time.

    However, now the Browns have another kicker in training camp: former Missouri Tiger Jeff Wolfert.

    While Wolfert has a super accurate leg, he's lacking in range a little bit (though he has hit a 46-yard field goal). If he can hit field goals from that range on a consistent basis, there will be a place for him on some NFL team.

    Dawson needs to step up his game to make sure that team isn't the Cleveland Browns.

3. Greg Little, WR

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    Greg Little had two catches for 20 yards against the Packers, but he was targeted five times.

    After an injury to Mohamed Massaquoi, the Browns need Little to step up and be the No. 1 receiver. He didn't really look like a No. 1 receiver on Saturday night, and he'll need to play better this week against the Lions if he wants to be the top target.

2. Brian Robiskie, WR

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    Brian Robiskie is another wide receiver who missed a good chance to step up and show what he can do.

    On Saturday night, he only had one catch for 15 yards. He didn't play the whole game, of course, but more production would have been nice.

    The Green Bay secondary isn't easy to find open spots in, but he needs to do better, especially for a weak Browns receiving corps.

    He should have an easier time getting open against the Lions.

1. Brandon Jackson, RB

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    Brandon Jackson struggled mightily against his former team on Saturday night.

    He carried the ball eight times for only 28 yards, good for only 3.5 yards per carry.

    That's not completely horrible, but when you consider that Jackson was working primarily against the Packers' second-string defense, his numbers look worse.

    He'll have to do better against the Lions if he wants to be in the mix for the Browns' primary backup running back spot.